Tigers starter Justin Verlander got off to a bumpy start, finishing his sixth start of the season with a 6.49 ERA. His velocity wasn’t quite where it used to be and the 33-year-old seemed to be on the decline. Some had already lost faith after a subpar 2014, so his slow start to 2016 wasn’t converting anyone. Since throwing seven shutout innings against the Rangers on May 8, however, Verlander has been one of the best starters in baseball. Over his last 14 starts, Verlander has a 2.76 ERA with a 106/24 K/BB ratio in 97 2/3 innings. He’s tacked on nearly 2 MPH to his average fastball velocity compared to April, going from below 93 MPH to nearly 95 MPH. Verlander’s overall strikeout rate of 26
During Monday night’s contest between the San Francisco Giants and the Cincinnati Reds, a Giants balldude had an experience that many infielders can relate to. It was the top of the eighth inning, and Adam Duvall was batting for the Reds. The balldude (who the Giants announcers identified as Paul Robinson) ran after it, covering his head with his arms as he went.